This holiday season don’t forget to leave time for some healthy, new traditions. Here are some great ideas for gifts, spending time with family and friends, and tips for staying active.   1. Give gifts that promote healthy eating: • Cooking tools • Water bottle • Cooking class • Fruit basket (with good fruit!)   2. Choose gifts that encourage physical activity: • State park entrance pass • New shoes • Gym membership • Pedometer • Yoga mat and DVD … continued…

Healthy Habits Holidays Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Frico are the crispy “cookies” of Parmesan cheese, baked 10 minutes until they are golden brown. They really elevate a dish and are simple to make. Filet is always celebratory, and this recipe is no exception. We celebrate even more with homemade fries. Dig in–it’s a celebration! Prep time: About 10 minutes Cook time: About 25 minutes Serves 4   For the frico: 2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 tablespoon flour   1 teaspoon olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for … continued…

Filet with Parmesan Frico
Barb Freda Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

My kids and I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and learned how to make these beautiful Christmas tree ornaments made from zippers and beads. With zippers being all the rage right now, your kids will definitely want to make these “fashionable” ornaments. Mine liked them so much they came home and made a bunch as presents for friends and family. I love them because they sparkle on the tree and are lightweight, so they don’t pull down the branches. Although these … continued…

zipper ornaments
Decorating Tips DIY Holidays Pam Freeman

It is officially December, which means holiday gift shopping is in full swing! Some of you may already have all of your shopping done, some of you may already have a list of what you need to buy, and some of you may be wondering why I’m even thinking about gifts in the beginning of December! Regardless of what type of shopper you are, it is likely that you have a child in your life that you will be shopping … continued…

Fitness Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen

I love pearl onions. They seem more festive and in this recipe, they are easy. Frozen pearl onions mean I don’t stand around peeling a big batch of tiny onions one-by-one. Who doesn’t love that? The red wine is a key ingredient in the hearty, comfort-food stew, so don’t skimp! If you want to make this even easier on yourself, add the potatoes when you put the pot into the oven for the first time–they might overcook a little, but … continued…

Winter Stew with Pearl Onions and Red Wine
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy Holiday Cooking

My Dad has always grown turnips for my Grandmother and Great Aunt but no one else in the family usually eats them. They can’t eat the entire crop so many of the turnips just rot in the garden. This year I decided that was a total waste and the rest of us need to start eating them! When I first cut into one of the turnips, I was surprised at how much they smelled like horseradish but they actually taste … continued…

Turnips
Cool Weather Cooking Jenny Kramer, RD

This is a leftover hit in my house (where I am typically the only one who loves leftovers). It is comfort food for me–reminds me of open faced beef sandwiches slathered with brown gravy. Make sure you’ve got leftover stuffing, leftover gravy and leftover cooked burger patties. Serve it with leftover veggies or a green salad. Prep time: 5 minutes (gather up the leftovers!) Cook time: About 10 minutes Serves: 4   2 cups prepared stuffing 4 cooked burgers made … continued…

Stuffing Burgers with Gravy
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

I love the abundance of good produce in the summer and often feel a little let down when the tomato vines start to wilt after the first frost. But there are still lots of good options for seasonal veggies and one of those is Brussels sprouts. You may already be turning up your nose and ready to move on from this post but wait just a minute! I’m not talking about mushy Brussels sprouts that you may recall from your … continued…

Cool Weather Cooking Jenny Kramer, RD

Low back pain is a common condition that affects many people. While there are a variety of different causes for low back pain, one of the most common is due to a weakness or a tightness of the lower back muscles. Your lower back muscles and abdominal muscles make up your core – and without a strong core, regular activities (even just standing for a prolonged period of time) push those muscles beyond their limits. The two-fold problem with the … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

Along with the popularity of burlap, a larger trend in home decor has taken place with a craze for natural fabrics. Using jute/yarn to wrap things, is now all the rage. I like this because it goes so well with lots of decorating schemes from nautical to rustic. And I think it’s perfect for Thanksgiving; namely reusing old bottles to make wrapped centerpieces for your holiday feast. This is such a fun and easy craft that anyone can make and … continued…

DIY wrapped bottles
Decorating Tips DIY Foodie Crafts Foodie Gift Ideas Pam Freeman